Saturday, September 10, 2016

Encouraging Words For the Weekend

For those times when it seems God has turned a deaf ear to our deepest cries:

"Although we are tempted in times of agonizing silence to think of God with an icy stare on His face, refusing to make eye contact, I have found it comforting to think of God simply sitting with us in our pain, quietly listening. Maybe what feels like awkward and anxious silences to us are actually full and gentle silences. We are reminded that listening is not inaction. When God is listening to us, even if we do not experience the results we hope for, He is actively disposed toward us. We must also remember that the fact that God hears prayers does not make Him servile to our demands. Prayer words are not incantations with innate power to change divine weather patterns. When God doesn't give us our specific prayer requests, it may be an indication that He is working different things into us: things like trust, dependence, humility, patience, wisdom, even intimacy with Him."
(emphasis mine)

From the beautiful book: The Listening Life by Adam S. McHugh

May you be filled with the peace of His presence this weekend friends,